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  • G.Penn
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    I just finished watching the first season of “The Sopranos” (I know, I’m really late with this one) and I think Gandolfini – while pretty worthy in the Pilot – really should have submitte the first season finale “I dream of Jeannie Cusamano.” He just gets to really show Tony off, goes through a ton of emotions and he gets really BIG emmy scenes. The scenes with Melfi – where he threatens her, and then where he talks to her and gains back her trust – are incredible. The dinner table scene (when you know what he knows but Junior doesn’t) and then the final scene with his mom are all incredible and they all pay off so well. I know Franz had a lot going for him what with his partner dying, but I think Gandolfini could have won for this season with the season finale.

    I also think Glenn Close could have won with “The Next One’s Gonna Go in Your Throat.” Sure it would have made it three in a row for a show voters weren’t in love with, but her scene opposite her son’s girlfriend, her son, and with Campbell Scott in the interrogation room were all really strong. And the scene on the dock where Ellen ask the question to Patty and just her face was truly stunning work and her best on the show up to that point.

    So what should have other losing nominees submitted?

    Jennifer Garner definitley should have submitted “Authorized Personnell Only (Pts. 1&2)”  in 2005. That’s year Patricia Arquette pulled through and there was very little competition. I feel like voters were waiting to crown her (especially with Janney and Falco out). And then she submitted the zombie episode.

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    Emmyfan
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    Rumors are that Bea Arthur submitted The Triangle during season 1.  She should have submitted Guess Who’s Coming To The Wedding because she has lots of range and her scene with Stan at the end was very touching and very good.  This would have given Betty White a run for her money.

    Rue McClanahan should have submitted Adult Education because her scene with her professor has the impact and would have made a great submission.

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    Morgan Henard
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    Mary-Louise Parker for season four of Weeds. Her best performance, thus far, was in this particular season in the episode “No Man is Pudding.” It was absolutely perfect and such a crossroads for her character. It was the culmination of her realizing she is and always will be a bad parent, sister and friend; no longer taking Celia’s shit; and a good setup in the end for the next arc of the season. Instead, she submitted “Lady’s a Charm” and lost to Toni Collette for United States of Tara who submitted the pilot.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    #247378

    Laurie Metcalf submitting anything other than “Bang” for Season 3 of Desperate Housewives. That will forever go down in history as one of the worst Emmy submissions in history!!!

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    Andrew Eng
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    Recent ones

    2009-Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (“ABQ” instead of “Peekaboo”). Now “Peekaboo” is a great episode, so this might be controversial. But I think “ABQ” was better, performance-wise, for Paul, and was definitely more Emmy-friendly. Paul gets to be more showy in the finale, and most importantly more sympathetic. In a close race versus Emerson, who submitted a better episode (“Dead is Dead”), “ABQ” could have pushed Paul to the win a year earlier. But in the end, I’m glad both have Emmys. 

    2010-Ty Burrell, Modern Family (“Pilot” or “My Funky Valentine” instead of “Up All Night”). To be fair, “Up All Night” wasn’t a bad episode. But he had better ones. While Stonestreet had the best episode by far (“Fizbo”), Burrell would have had a better chance with the other 2 episodes. 

    2010-Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (“Coal Digger” or “Starry Night” instead of “Not in My House”). This was a horrible submission, as all she does is react to the dog butler. Either of the other 2 episodes could have given her the win. 

    2011-Michael C. Hall, Dexter ( “My Bad” instead of “Teenage Wasteland”) “My Bad” was practically tailor-made for an Emmy. He’s dealing with the tragedy of the season 4 finale (the episode he submitted the year before) and gets some of the showiest material he’s ever gotten. He might have won last year, as he would have been able to compete with Chandler, Hamm, and Olyphant.  

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    Alijah Purdy
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    Does anyone know what Delta Burke submitted for her second nomination for Designing Women?

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    dannyboy.
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    Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds, ‘Boomerang’ season six. It is her greatest performance and she would have murdered the competition.

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    Recent ones

    2010-Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (“Coal Digger” or “Starry Night” instead of “Not in My House”). This was a horrible submission, as all she does is react to the dog butler. Either of the other 2 episodes could have given her the win.

    Oh, Sofia. Hopefully someone will stage a submission intervention this year. Honestly, though, no one was beating Lynch that year.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Last year, I think Louis CK should have submitted “Double Date/Mom” instead of “Bully.” As a whole, I like “Bully” better as an episode, but “Double Date/Mom” gives him more emotional range: battling against his narcissistic mother. Since Steve Carell proved to be vulnerable after all, I think that episode might have done the trick.

    This year, I hope he submits wisely. He could win with “Duckling” or especially “Subway/Pamela,” which I just rewatched last night, and his speech declaring his love to his best friend rips your heart out. And the ironic, unlucky-in-love twist of fate at the end is just perfect.

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    Does anyone know what Delta Burke submitted for her second nomination for Designing Women?

    I read that she submitted “The Bachelor Auction” in which Anthony is up for auction and Suzanne wins him.  She had a good scene with Anthony and it definitely had the range.  This was probably one of her best choices to submit because Delta had less screentime in season 5.

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    iskolar
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    In Season 2, Sofia should have submitted Unplugged instead of the horrible learning a bike story.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    Delta Burke, 1991 (“Maybe, Baby” instead of “The Bachelor Auction”):

    Delta had to have had a hard time choosing an episode to submit, considering she was barely had anything to do in any episodes during season 5, thanks to her very public feud with the creators, and co-star Dixie Carter (which, btw, showed on-screen, and I believe this is where DW started losing its magic). But in “Maybe, Baby”, this is the episode where Suzanne takes up smoking to lose weight. This episode had alot of comedy from Suzanne, and could have competed with Kirstie Alley.

    Kathy Bates, 2011 (“A Day in the Life” instead of “Innocent Man”)

    This for me was the worst submission by anyone last year. While some weren’t even predicting Bates to be nominated, when she did get nominated, I believed the race was between her and Margulies. Bates had something that no other nominees had: she was on a David E. Kelly show, who had a history of getting people Emmy’s, even with bad submissions (hello James Spader). Maybe that’s why Bates chose to submit “Innocent Man”, an episode in which the only scene close to being worthy was a scene between her and Margo Martindale, she thought that it didn’t matter what episode she submitted because she was on a David E. Kelly show. But Bates forgot one thing that was against her: she had been nominated for 9 previous Emmy’s, and never won (second only to Angela Lansbury for the actor with the most amount of nominations without a win). “A Day in the Life” had so much in it for her: range, comedy, drama. EVERYTHING. Had she submitted this, I think she could have beaten Julianna Margulies.

    Julianna Margulies, 2010 (“Pilot” instead of “Threesome”)

    Margulies had EVERYTHING going for her in 2010: she had won every drama actress award imaginable for The Good Wife that year, on a show that managed a Series nomination, excellent reviews, she was a previous Emmy winner. Then she went and messed it all up by submitting “Threesome” instead of the more baity “Pilot”. I still remember the Emmy Pundit video with Tom, Boomer, and Matt where they said that if Margulies won, it would be on buzz alone. But, in my own selfish way, I was glad she messed up her submission, because it was looking like Kyra Sedgwick would never win for The Closer.

    Kyra Sedgwick, 2008 (“Ruby” instead of “Manhunt”)

    This was an amazing episode that showed alot of range for Brenda. She had to deal with the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl, dealing with what would later be revealed as Menopause, and dealing with Sargeant Gabriel beating the suspect up. I think had Sedgwick submitted this episode, she would have given Glenn Close a serious run for her money. While “Manhunt” wasn’t a bad episode, all that was worthy about it was two scenes: the one where she is crying in her doctor’s office and Fritz proposes, and the one where the suspect attacks her in the boat shop. I still think “Ruby” is second to “Maternal Instincts” as the best episode EVER of The Closer.

    Kyra Sedgwick, 2007 (“Heroic Measures” instead of “Slippin'”)

    I have no idea what Sedgwick was thinking when she submitted “Slippin”. She has absolutely nothing to do in the episode. Meanwhile, “Heroic Measures” was an excellent tape for her. This is the episode where she was up against a hospital, after a mom insisted that doctors let her son die on the operating table. She is really fantastic in this episode, where she goes against her staff and her boss, and consistently sides with the mother, even when the evidence points to the mother as the actual cause of her son’s death. Really a bad submission on Sedgwick’s part. She could have won with “Heroic Measures”, especially considering that was a relatively weak year for the category.

    Alfre Woodard, 2006 (“Remember (Parts 1 & 2)” instead of “I Know Things Now” & “You’ll Never Get Away From Me”)

    Okay, I have no clue what Alfre Woodard was thinking when she submitted “I Know Things Now” & “You’ll Never Get Away From Me” instead of the two part season finale in 2006. She was the only actor from DH nominated that year, and totally screwed up her submissions. “Remember” is so much more baitier for her, as she shows alot of range and emotion that she has to sit on in this episode. I firmly believe this is the worst submission by any actor in the history of Desperate Housewives!

    Marcia Cross, 2005 (“Guilty” instead of “Running to Stand Still”)

    I know alot of people will disagree with me here, but I think Marcia should have went with “Guilty” for her only nomination for Desperate Housewives. I think her scene where she helps cover up what Andrew did to Juanita, would have put her over the edge and she would have an Emmy on her mantle. “Running to Stand Still” was a good episode, but I think she gave a much better performance in “Guilty”

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    The year Patricia Arquette upset to win, poor Jennifer Garner made a bad choice by submitting “Before the Flood” (zombies and flying red spheres everywhere) instead of the emotional 2-hour season premiere, “APO.” That episode certainly could have beaten Arquette’s episode.

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    Tony Ruiz
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    Hugh Laurie should have submitted “Three Stories,” which won the writing Emmy that year, instead of “Detox.”  Also, if he had been nominated for season 2, the season finale, “No Reason” would have been a winning submissions.

    And I may be in the minority, but as brilliant as he was in “Broken,” I really think he might have had a better shot with “Help Me,” the season finale.  He had some vulnerable moments with the victim, he raged at Foreman in the aftermath, and showed total vulnerability with Cuddy as he considered going back on Vicodin.   

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    Delta Burke, 1991 (“Maybe, Baby” instead of “The Bachelor Auction”):

    Delta had to have had a hard time choosing an episode to submit, considering she was barely had anything to do in any episodes during season 5, thanks to her very public feud with the creators, and co-star Dixie Carter (which, btw, showed on-screen, and I believe this is where DW started losing its magic). But in “Maybe, Baby”, this is the episode where Suzanne takes up smoking to lose weight. This episode had alot of comedy from Suzanne, and could have competed with Kirstie Alley.

    Kathy Bates, 2011 (“A Day in the Life” instead of “Innocent Man”)

    This for me was the worst submission by anyone last year. While some weren’t even predicting Bates to be nominated, when she did get nominated, I believed the race was between her and Margulies. Bates had something that no other nominees had: she was on a David E. Kelly show, who had a history of getting people Emmy’s, even with bad submissions (hello James Spader). Maybe that’s why Bates chose to submit “Innocent Man”, an episode in which the only scene close to being worthy was a scene between her and Margo Martindale, she thought that it didn’t matter what episode she submitted because she was on a David E. Kelly show. But Bates forgot one thing that was against her: she had been nominated for 9 previous Emmy’s, and never won (second only to Angela Lansbury for the actor with the most amount of nominations without a win). “A Day in the Life” had so much in it for her: range, comedy, drama. EVERYTHING. Had she submitted this, I think she could have beaten Julianna Margulies.

    Julianna Margulies, 2010 (“Pilot” instead of “Threesome”)

    Margulies had EVERYTHING going for her in 2010: she had won every drama actress award imaginable for The Good Wife that year, on a show that managed a Series nomination, excellent reviews, she was a previous Emmy winner. Then she went and messed it all up by submitting “Threesome” instead of the more baity “Pilot”. I still remember the Emmy Pundit video with Tom, Boomer, and Matt where they said that if Margulies won, it would be on buzz alone. But, in my own selfish way, I was glad she messed up her submission, because it was looking like Kyra Sedgwick would never win for The Closer.

    Kyra Sedgwick, 2008 (“Ruby” instead of “Manhunt”)

    This was an amazing episode that showed alot of range for Brenda. She had to deal with the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl, dealing with what would later be revealed as Menopause, and dealing with Sargeant Gabriel beating the suspect up. I think had Sedgwick submitted this episode, she would have given Glenn Close a serious run for her money. While “Manhunt” wasn’t a bad episode, all that was worthy about it was two scenes: the one where she is crying in her doctor’s office and Fritz proposes, and the one where the suspect attacks her in the boat shop. I still think “Ruby” is second to “Maternal Instincts” as the best episode EVER of The Closer.

    Kyra Sedgwick, 2007 (“Heroic Measures” instead of “Slippin'”)

    I have no idea what Sedgwick was thinking when she submitted “Slippin”. She has absolutely nothing to do in the episode. Meanwhile, “Heroic Measures” was an excellent tape for her. This is the episode where she was up against a hospital, after a mom insisted that doctors let her son die on the operating table. She is really fantastic in this episode, where she goes against her staff and her boss, and consistently sides with the mother, even when the evidence points to the mother as the actual cause of her son’s death. Really a bad submission on Sedgwick’s part. She could have won with “Heroic Measures”, especially considering that was a relatively weak year for the category.

    Alfre Woodard, 2006 (“Remember (Parts 1 & 2)” instead of “I Know Things Now” & “You’ll Never Get Away From Me”)

    Okay, I have no clue what Alfre Woodard was thinking when she submitted “I Know Things Now” & “You’ll Never Get Away From Me” instead of the two part season finale in 2006. She was the only actor from DH nominated that year, and totally screwed up her submissions. “Remember” is so much more baitier for her, as she shows alot of range and emotion that she has to sit on in this episode. I firmly believe this is the worst submission by any actor in the history of Desperate Housewives!

    Marcia Cross, 2005 (“Guilty” instead of “Running to Stand Still”)

    I know alot of people will disagree with me here, but I think Marcia should have went with “Guilty” for her only nomination for Desperate Housewives. I think her scene where she helps cover up what Andrew did to Juanita, would have put her over the edge and she would have an Emmy on her mantle. “Running to Stand Still” was a good episode, but I think she gave a much better performance in “Guilty”

    I thought  that everyone felt that Felicity Huffman should have submitted Guilty.

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